Siebel Institute of Technology is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Our Focus

Throughout the last 140 years, the Siebel Institute has attracted an extensive global following. Our alumni span more than 60 countries and are found in almost every major brewery on earth. Our classes include a mix of participants from breweries of all sizes who hail from locations all over the world. This broad base of participants enhances the learning opportunity of each student by exposing them to differences in culture, equipment, methods and beer styles. In our formal lectures and demonstrations though, we focus their attention on one common theme: beer. Students may come to the Institute with the biases of their own particular brewing environment, but they all leave in the simple and honest camaraderie of being a brewer. We have a saying here at the Institute: "Not only do we teach our students, but we also help them to teach each other."

The Institute continues to focus on one basic theme as was published by Dr. J. E. Siebel in an ad in an 1893 Western Brewer. He stated, "The object of the Institute is to promote the progress of the industries based on fermentation, which is done by instruction, investigation, analysis and otherwise."

The Siebel Institute of Technology and World Brewing Academy have been an important part of international brewing history for over 140 years, and we look forward to welcoming the future generations of brewers to our home in the heart of Chicago.

Our History

Dr. John Ewald Siebel founded the Zymotechnic Institute in 1868. He was born on September 17, 1845, near Wermelskirchen in the district of Dusseldorf, Germany. He studied physics and chemistry and earned his doctorate at the University of Berlin before moving to Chicago 1866. In 1868 he opened John E. Siebel's Chemical Laboratory which soon developed into a research station and school for the brewing sciences.

In 1872, as the company moved into new facilities on Belden Avenue on the north side of Chicago, the name was changed to the Siebel Institute of Technology. During the next two decades, Dr. Siebel conducted extensive brewing research and wrote most of his over 200 books and scientific articles. He was also the editor of a number of technical publications including the scientific section of The Western Brewer, 100 Years of Brewing and Ice and Refrigeration.

In 1882 he started a scientific school for brewers with another progressive brewer but the partnership was short-lived. Dr. Siebel did, however, continue brewing instruction at his laboratory. The business expanded in the 1890's when two of Dr. Siebel's sons joined the company.

The company was incorporated in 1901 and conducted brewing courses in both English and German. By 1907 there were five regular courses: a six-month Brewers' Course, a two-month Post-Graduate Course, a three-month Engineers' Course, a two-month Maltsters' Course and a two-month Bottlers' Course. In 1910, the school's name, Siebel Institute of Technology, was formally adopted. With the approach of prohibition, the Institute diversified and added courses in baking, refrigeration, engineering, milling, carbonated beverages and other related topics. On December 20, 1919, just twenty-seven days before prohibition became effective, Dr. J. E. Siebel passed away.

With the repeal of prohibition in 1933, the focus of the Institute returned to brewing under the leadership of F. P. Siebel Sr., the eldest son of Dr. J. E. Siebel. His sons, Fred and Ray, soon joined the business and worked to expand its scope. The Diploma Course in Brewing Technology was offered and all other non-brewing courses were soon eliminated. Then in October 1952, the Institute moved to its brand new, custom built facilities on Peterson Avenue where we have remained for almost 50 years.

The fourth generation, represented by Ron and Bill Siebel, joined the Institute in the 1960's. In 1974, they helped introduce the concept of shorter courses. These courses, at two weeks or less in length, were designed to meet the specific training needs of a changing brewing industry. The longer Diploma Course in Brewing Technology has been maintained to this day as the in-depth course of study for the experienced brewer who wishes to maximize his career training.

In 2013, the Siebel Institute of Technology moved into its new campus facilities at 900 N. North Branch St. in the facilities of Kendall College in Chicago. The new Siebel Institute campus has incorporated many of the elements of our previous locations including the bar and furnishings from the famous Bier Stube, a favorite spot where students socialized after a hard day’s study.

Programs taught in:
  • English

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The twin-campus Master Brewer program will prepare graduates to advance their careers through practical application of brewing. Advanced theory and an extensive advanced ... [+]

The twin-campus Master Brewer program will prepare graduates to advance their careers through practical application of brewing. Advanced theory and an extensive advanced practical applications module will provide graduates with the knowledge and experience required to understand every critical area of commercial brewing.

This 20-week program is comprised of segments, divided into one-to-eight-week modules, with each module specializing in a particular area of brewing technology. The content will address issues in brewing from an international perspective, providing students with education and experience that is not offered by any other brewing school.

Program Details

The Master Brewer Program starts with 7 weeks of brewing theory and business training conducted at our Siebel Institute campus in Chicago. Students build a sound understanding of the sciences and technologies that are used throughout breweries of all sizes.... [-]

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To compete against other breweries in the growing international brewing industry, companies need to create beer that exhibits the highest standards of consistency and stability with every batch.

The Siebel Institute Brewing Microbiology course is designed to provide the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to implement an effective microbiological quality control/quality assurance program in a short 2-week course duration. Whether you are building a QC/QA course for your brewery from scratch or you are joining an established quality control & assurance program, this course will benefit you throughout your career.

Admission Requirements

All students applying for a program, module or course must be of legal drinking age.... [-]

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The two-week Concise Course in Brewing Technology will provide students with comprehensive knowledge of the brewing process, the dynamics of brewery operations, and issue ... [+]

The two-week Concise Course in Brewing Technology will provide students with comprehensive knowledge of the brewing process, the dynamics of brewery operations, and issues affecting the industry. Within the short time span of this course, students will gain a level of industry knowledge that will benefit them in any area of responsibility in the brewery, covering every topic critical to successful brewery operations, no matter of what size.The Concise Course is conducted at our Chicago campus, giving students the chance to experience the thriving Midwest brewing scene while they are attending the course. Chicago is home to some of the nation's most noted breweries and beer-friendly bars and restaurants, offering students an exciting stay in this world-class city.... [-]

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The Siebel Institute Craft Distilling Operations and Technology course is designed to give students the critical information they need to create distilled spirits in a sm ... [+]

The Siebel Institute Craft Distilling Operations and Technology course is designed to give students the critical information they need to create distilled spirits in a small-scale distillation environment.Students will learn the theory behind working successfully in small distillery operations as well as related management and logistical issues. With content created with participation by the Ethanol Technology Institute and presented by some of the leading international experts in distilling, this course will give you the training you need to operate your distillery efficiently, safely, and profitably.

During the five-days of the course, you will learn production techniques involved in distillation from grain, fruit and other products from start to finish. Sensory analysis is presented towards building an understanding of the positive and negative flavor attributes commonly associated with the production process, and visits to area distilleries give students a view of the basic operations of a small distillery. If you are considering entering this quickly-growing segment of the alcoholic beverage industry, the Craft Distilling Operations and Technology course will give you a foundation of understanding on which you can build a successful career in craft distilling.... [-]

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The Intensive Course of the World Breeding Academy (WBA) will provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of the brewing process: its ingredients, its proc ... [+]

The Intensive Course of the World Breeding Academy (WBA) will provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of the brewing process: its ingredients, its process, and the sensory evaluation of the final product. In this short course, students will have the opportunity to acquire important technical knowledge that can be applied in practice in breweries either high volume or artisanal. The Intensive Course covers in five days most of the topics that are presented in our advanced level programs, but at a depth adapted for people who have a limited level of knowledge of science and technology of brewing. This is an ideal course for those who are considering entering the brewing industry, as well as those who have already begun their career in the brewing industry and seek greater knowledge in order to improve their skills and advance their careers as brewers.... [-]

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Diploma

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The twin-campus International Diploma in Brewing Technology program will prepare graduates to advance their careers through a practical application of brewing. ... [+]

The twin-campus International Diploma in Brewing Technology program will prepare graduates to advance their careers through a practical application of brewing.This 12-week program is comprised of segments, divided into one-to-three-week modules, with each module specializing in a particular area of brewing technology. The content will address issues in brewing from an international perspective, providing a depth of experience that is unavailable through any other institution. The Diploma Program starts with 7 weeks of brewing theory and business issues conducted at our Siebel Institute campus in Chicago. Students build a sound understanding of the sciences and technologies that are used throughout breweries of all sizes. After the Chicago modules are completed, students then travel to Doemens Academy in Munich, Germany, where they apply the knowledge gained from their first 7 weeks of study in the practical brewing environment at Doemens. Students also participate in advanced-level brewing theory training while at Doemens, including presentations regarding brewing techniques used in creating authentic German beer styles. Finally, students travel on the European Study Tour to breweries and brewing-industry suppliers, learning how the information they have gained in the Diploma Program is utilized in real-world brewing environments. Over the 12 weeks of the WBA Diploma Program, students will gain a truly international perspective on brewing techniques and technologies.... [-]

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